I've had Mexican food on the brain all week, as I've been early to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This weekend, I served tortilla chips with queso, although I considered offering ceviche. Ultimately, I decided against it; I've made ceviche at home before, but for some inexplicable reason, the idea of preparing and serving myself (and guests) partially raw fish takes some enjoyment away from the experience. What about you? Do you make ceviche?
Wishing you were on a tropical vacation? Might I recommend Costa Rica? I was fortunate enough to spend the Winter holidays there in Tamarindo. While I enjoyed plenty of beach time, I also made it a priority to eat and drink at as many restaurants and bars as possible. Here are some highlights from my trip!
Ceviche is a cool and delicious dish in which raw fish is marinated in fresh citrus juice. The acid of the juice "cooks" the fish until it is firm and plump. It's a wonderful Summer course that can be served as an appetizer with tortilla chips or placed atop a bed of greens as an entree. Although it may not be the most authentic Peruvian recipe, this is my favorite rendition of ceviche. It's packed with vibrant colors and crunchy flavors. When making any variation of ceviche, it's important to purchase the most fresh fish available. Using fish that has been previously frozen won't yield the same results. If experimenting with this scrumptious dish popular in Latin America is of interest to you, check out this rewarding recipe and read more
Yesterday, the residents of Callao, Peru were up to something fishy. Four-hundred-fifty students and chefs were elbow-deep in whitefish, lime, onions, and peppers in an attempt to break the world record for the biggest serving of ceviche, a seafood dish in which raw fish is "cooked" by the acid of lime juice.
The dish weighed in at a record-breaking 6.8 tons, more than 2 tons heavier than the existing record of 4.5 tons, a record that was made in Mexico. The record is a huge feat for Peru, a country that claims ceviche as its own.
"In the name of Peru, we can take back the Guinness record," declared Alexander Kouri, Callao's regional president. A Guinness Book of World Records representative was present to make the count official.
Outside the stadium where the record was broken, hundreds waited to taste a plate of the prize.
"What tacos are to Mexicans, ceviche is to us," said Ronald Espinoza, one of the students preparing the dish. "A Peruvian who does not eat ceviche is not Peruvian."
When planning a menu for a pool party, select a variety of cold and hot (preferably grilled) dishes. Serve small, light bites buffet-style all day, replenishing plates as they go empty.
Offer guests a cool treat the moment they arrive in the form of watermelon wedges with lime ice. Served with tortilla chips, shrimp and avocado ceviche make a nice alternative to classic guacamole.
Skewered hot dogs with toasted croissants and spicy, cold gazpacho round out the menu. For these delicious recipes please, read more